Two more breweries boost city’s total to 10

Two more breweries boost city’s total to 10

PAWTUCKET – One new brewery has made its arrival official and another is looking to come to the city, adding to Pawtucket’s expanding treasure trove of beer makers.

In a news release last Thursday, representatives for Great North Aleworks, of Manchester, N.H., announced a partnership with Pawtucket’s Isle Brewers Guild to help expand the company’s production capabilities.

The Isle Brewers Guild, the city’s craft beer consortium, is designed as a partner brewery. Great North can brew its beers under the care and supervision of its own staff, noted Great North’s owners. Starting this month at the Isle Brewers Guild, Great North is brewing its award-winning flagship Great North IPA, “under the careful watch” of owner and head brewer Rob North and quality control and assurance manager John Cataldo.

Great North is officially on board, but another New England-based brewer is still waiting on final approvals to come to Pawtucket. At a scheduled July 19 meeting, the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation will consider a manufacturer’s brewery license for Peak Organic Brewing Company, of Portland, Maine, to also operate at the Isle Brewers Guild, located in the former Kellaway Center at 461 Main St.

Representatives for the Isle Brewers Guild weren’t commenting this week on the proposed deal with Peak Brewing. Like other partner breweries at the Isle Brewers Guild, Peak Brewing has its roots in home brewing.

Brewer Jon Cadoux and his team say they are committed to using local, artisan and organic ingredients in their beers, which include a summer session ale, the Evergreen IPA, the Happy Hour pilsner, the Crush IPA, White Nitro Ale, High Note Belgian white ale, the dry-hopped pilsner Super Fresh, and a nitro stout, among others.

The addition of Peak Brewing would bring Pawtucket’s total number of established breweries to 10, the most for any community in Rhode Island.

Find more on Peak Brewing at www.peakbrewing.com . Find Great North Aleworks at www.greatnorthaleworks.com .

The Isle Brewers Guild, which officially opened brewing operations in March, is a craft beer consortium that was originally slated to open in Providence, but a fire destroyed the planned brewery in the capital city in March 2015.

In addition to the two new breweries, Isle Brewers Guild has partnership agreements with Devil’s Purse Brewing Company, Farmer Willie’s Craft Ginger Beer, Narragansett Brewing Company, Newburyport Brewing Company and Sons of Liberty.

Pawtucket’s craft beer phenomenon is a relatively new one, as the city had no breweries to speak of back in 2011. Foolproof Brewing Company and the Bucket Brewery both opened in 2012, and Crooked Current Brewery has since opened in the mill building that previously housed both of those original breweries, at 560 Mineral Spring Ave.

As with other brewers at the Isle Brewers Guild, representatives for Great North say every detail of their agreement with the 100-barrel craft brewery has been thoroughly reviewed to ensure that the company’s beers taste the same. From the water chemistry to the dry-hop technique, the beer won’t be changing, they say.

The reason for this partnership is to allow Great North the ability to keep up with the demand for Great North IPA, as well as meet the growing demand of other beers such as the Tie Dyed dry-hopped pale ale.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have found a partner like IBG with a state-of-the-art facility, an all-star team, and a shared obsession to quality,” said owner Rob North in a statement. “Our partnership will help us provide a reliable supply of fresh, consistent, and exciting beers to our loyal customers in New Hampshire and Connecticut.”

Founded in August 2015 by award-winning homebrewers Rob and Lisa North, Great North specializes in brewing flavorful, food-friendly beers, “with a fanatical devotion to quality.”

Great North’s beers are available in cans and kegs throughout New Hampshire and Connecticut, with year-round offerings including Great North IPA, RVP (Robust Vanilla Porter), and Tie Dyed. Seasonal beers include Northbound, an American pilsner, Cranberry Wit, Chocolate Milk Stout, and Tragically Hopped (double IPA).

Isle Brewers Guild is a craft beer cooperative providing a “production partnership” for craft brewers facing manufacturing, packaging and distribution restraints. IBG gives partner brewers the facility and equipment to maintain control of their brewing and packaging processes.

IBG’s brewing, packaging and distribution operations take place on a 131,000-square foot brewing campus, which includes a100-barrel brewhouse, a tasting room, indoor and outdoor event space, classroom space and corporate offices.

Learn more at www.islebrewers.com .